A Ladies Guide to History… So far.


What is the Ladies Guide to History

As today, or what remains of today is International Women’s Day I thought I would update you on all the cool women I have been reading about this past year. The Ladies Guide to History is a series of posts where I’ve been chronicling reading my way through history through women’s biographies. (albeit not in any kind of order as most of my biographies comefrom library book sales) What I’ve learned so far is that women’s place in history has been vastly underestimated. So many of these women have impacted history in a major way. This is an ongoing series and I’m looking forward to what and who I’ll be learning about next.

My Past Ladies Guides:

Ladies Guide to History: The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney

The Ladies Guide to History: The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldier by Elizabeth Cobbs

Ladies Guide to History: Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey

The Ladies Guide to History: Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford

The Ladies Guide to History: Hildegard of Bingen

The Ladies Guide to History: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

The Ladies Guide to History: Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir 

Do you have any women’s biography recommendations? Let me know!



Book Review: Grant by Jean Edward Smith


Let me start this off by saying that Grant happens to be my favorite President. It’s not because of any of the great things he accomplished but rather because he had the courage to do what so many people do not. He was able to fail. He was able to dust himself off and try again. Grant was flawed, yes, but Grant was able to overcome his failures. He had the courage to keep trying. Ulysses Grant had the tenacity to keep moving forward even when things were at their roughest. Continue reading

February TBR


February is here! The following books are the books that I picked out to read this month. I’m planning to read some more fantasy this month (Age of Swords and Ruin) since I enjoyed the fantasy books I read last month, and in honor of Valentine’s Day I picked out a romance novel (The Awakening of Miss Prim).


1. Age of Swords (Book Two of the Legends of the First Empire Series) by Michael J Sullivan

2. Setting the World on Fire by Shelley Emling

3. Ruin by John Gwynne

4. The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalie Sanmartin Fenollera

5. Johann Sebastian Bach by Christoph Wolff

6. Rules of Civility byAmor Towles

Ladies Guide to History: The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney

Who Was She?

Hatshepsut was a woman who had the courage to take power and the fortitude to hold that power in a society where women in power went against the status quo. Because she went against the status quo she was often thought of as power hungry, and that she stole power from the true (male) owner of that power. The author, Kara Cooney, of The Woman Who Would Be King goes a long way in proving Hatshepsut’s story was different than what was previously believed. Continue reading

Book Haul!

I thought I’d share some of the books that I have recently acquired.


Throughout the months of November, December and part of January I bought a total of 13 books.


Seven of the thirteen were fiction books from a variety of genres including fantasy, classics, and historical fiction. I picked up:

  1. Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
  2. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. Ruin by John Gwynne 
  4. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  6. The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins 
  7. The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenerolla  (translated by Sonia Soto)


The nonfiction books I picked up were related to what I found myself interested in during 2017. So they were all related to those interests such as women biographies, and since I loved reading Evening in the Palace of Reason (I’ll link my review here) by James R. Gaines I picked up a biography of Johann Sebastian Bach. I bought the following:

  1. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder  edited by William Anderson
  2. The Woman who would be King by Kara Cooney
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach by Christoph Wolff
  4. The Story of Egypt by Joann Fletcher
  5. Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
  6. Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison 

The Ladies Guide to History: The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldier by Elizabeth Cobbs


Who Were They?

When the United States Army entered WWI they soon realized that they had a problem. They needed experienced operators to run the switchboards that had become the primary source of communication between commanders in the field while in Europe. Army commanders realized that the enlisted men they had trained to do the job just weren’t able to gain the experience and efficiency that they needed. So the higher-ups decided to recruit some of the women who did it professionally. Continue reading